When we think of physical wellness we think of exercise. But how we eat goes hand in hand with our exercise routines. Generally, doctors will recommend a well-balanced diet for older adults, meaning that they should eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains to maintain and improve overall health, according the American Dietetic Association.
As we age it is important to make sure we are getting enough omega 3 fatty acids. These acids are proven to reduce inflammation that can cause heart disease, cancer and arthritis. They can be found in flaxseeds and flaxseed oil, walnuts, canola oil, and different types of fish. Elders should have foods rich in this nutrient twice per week.
The need for calcium also increases the older we get. The primary need for calcium is for bone health. Doctors recommend 1200 milligrams a day. Milk, fortified orange juice, yogurt and kale are good sources of calcium.
If you are finding it difficult to get the necessary omega 3 fatty acids or calcium talk to your doctor about whether a supplement is right for you. And don't forget to eat all those fruits and vegetables!
If you want more information about healthy eating visit http://www.nutrition.gov/life-stages/seniors.